James and I just got back from Europe on Monday – we were in London for a friend’s wedding and then went to Paris for our “babymoon.” I put “babymoon” in quotes because we would’ve gone to Paris even if I wasn’t pregnant ;).
I wanted to write down some of the highlights of our trip (plus a few tips/reminders for next time!) before I forget.
To prevent each post from being too long, I’ll divide each city into 3 parts: hotel, landmarks & food/transportation.
Starting with our hotel in London…
In London, we stayed at The Rembrandt in South Kensington for 4 nights. We deliberated a lot on which hotel to stay at because we liked how The Rembrandt included free breakfast but the pictures of the hotel interior & rooms didn’t look that appealing to us – everything was red! Red carpet, red curtains, red pillows, etc. We ended up taking a chance on The Rembrandt anyway because we heard that food was expensive in London so we figured it’d be worth the cost savings and we were SO GLAD we took that chance!
The hotel ended up being a LOT nicer than the pictures and the free breakfast was pretty amazing. There were a lot of food options to choose from: cereals, croissants/toast/muffins, a salad/fruit bar/yogurt bar and a station with hot foods like scrambled eggs, different kinds of sausages (the veggie sausage was my favorite!), grilled tomatoes… and there was also someone making fresh customized omelets. The ambiance of the restaurant was also really nice – high ceilings, large windows, comfortable tables and chairs, etc.
Our hotel room was very clean and comfortable and I think pretty spacious for European standards (or at least compared to our hotel in Paris). The bathtub even had jets, which we didn’t get around to using. But definitely nice to have if you’re into taking baths!
The best part about the hotel though (for us, at least) was the free smartphone that they provided. James and I only bought a SIM card for his phone because my iPhone was locked (more on this later) so having a second phone was a HUGE help. To conserve battery on James’ phone, we would use the hotel phone to look up directions, search for restaurants, etc. and there were a couple of times where we’d split up for a few hours to do our own thing and didn’t have to worry about how to get in touch with one another because we could each have a phone.
The location was also really nice and convenient. The Rembrandt is located right across from the V&A Museum and a bus stop. If you wanted to take the Underground (aka The Tube), it was only a 5 minute walk from the hotel. Near the Underground was also a lot of restaurants and dessert places. And even though the hotel was near a lot of landmarks (the V&A Museum, the Science Museum, the Natural History Museum, Kensington Gardens and Harrods), it felt less like a tourist spot and more like a residential neighborhood.
I would give this hotel a 5 out of 5 stars and would definitely consider staying there again. The only reason why we would stay at another hotel is if we wanted to try living in a different neighborhood next time.